We're deep into the Summer movie season, with June 2018 offering some of the biggest films of the year. Here's what we're most looking forward to - and you should be scoping out too.
May was a crowded month at the movies. Between Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the continued success of Avengers: Infinity War, audiences looking for a fun, bombastic blockbuster have had plenty to choose from. While both Deadpool and Solo failed to outshine their predecessors from a box office perspective, the films are still early enough in their theatrical runs to turn a tidy profit when all is said and done.
That is, if they can hold their own against the competition looming in the weeks ahead. This month, the hits just keep on coming, with a nice balance of hotly anticipated franchise fare and buzz-worthy smaller releases. Here are the 10 films we're looking forward to in June 2018.
10 Uncle Drew (Release Date: June 29)
Real-life NBA player Kyrie Irving plays the title role in Uncle Drew, a comedy from director Charles Stone III (Drumline), which follows a former basketball legend who is coerced to reunite his old team so that they can join a Harlem streetball tournament. That premise alone might not be enough to persuade casual moviegoers to see Uncle Drew but consider the talent involved.
In addition to Irving's return to the role he has played in Pepsi commercials since 2012, the film stars Get Out scene-stealer Lil Rel Howrey, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smoove, Mike Epps, Nick Kroll and NBA mainstays Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Nate Robinson. With any luck, Uncle Drew could be a fun, lightweight addition to this summer's crop of releases.
9 Upgrade (Release Date: June 1)
Body horror has long been among the most polarizing (and potentially disturbing) subgenres within horror films. Think of how classics like The Fly, Eraserhead and even Alien have toyed with the idea that the real threat is actually a part of you. Well, Upgrade — written and directed by Saw and Insidious alum Leigh Whannell — follows that tradition into the technology age.
Logan Marshall-Green stars as a man who undergoes an experimental procedure to get superhuman powers after a mugging leaves him paralyzed. With his newfound abilities, he goes on a quest for revenge but soon discovers that the chip implanted in his spine may rob him of control of his own body. Upgrade already snagged an audience award at South by Southwest, so looks to be one of Blumhouse's upper-tier efforts.
8 Hotel Artemis (Release Date: June 8)
Screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) makes his directorial debut with Hotel Artemis, a new sci-fi action-thriller that marks Jodie Foster's first big-screen role since Elysium in 2013. The film also features an outstanding ensemble that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate and Zachary Quinto.
The story revolves around a mysterious nurse (Foster) who runs a secret hospital for criminals in a near-future Los Angeles. With such a provocative premise and a cast littered with insanely talented people, Pearce's film could be a sleeper hit this month. If nothing else, it offers a strong alternative to moviegoers looking for something other than the mainstream blockbusters.
7 Action Point (Release Date: June 1)
For Jackass fans, it's probably been a long wait since the 2013 release of Bad Grandpa. Nevertheless, Johnny Knoxville is back at it again in director Tim Kirkby's Action Point, which continues the actor's devotion to films that weave a series of over-the-top onscreen stunts together with a single narrative thread.
Obviously, by now moviegoers know whether Knoxville's antics appeal to them or not. His specific brand of physical comedy might not be for everyone, but Action Point could still be a satisfying raucous time at the movies for its core demographic. For everyone else, at least there is a wide range of promising releases on the horizon.
6 Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Release Date: June 29)
For the third consecutive month, Josh Brolin has a pivotal role in a major summer release. But he's not playing Thanos or Cable this time. Rather, Brolin reprises his role as morally questionable CIA agent Matt Graver in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's 2015 thriller Sicario. Although Stefano Sollima directs this one, Taylor Sheridan (Wind River) returns to write the screenplay.
Whereas its predecessor centered on Emily Blunt's idealistic FBI agent, the actress is absent from the sequel, which bulks up the role of Benicio del Toro's Alejandro. The character was among the most compelling in the first film, and Day of the Soldado looks to expand upon his story as well as his complicated working relationship with Graver.
5 Ocean's Eight (Release Date: June 8)
Over a decade has passed since director Steven Soderbergh wrapped up his Ocean's Eleven trilogy, allowing the team of heist-masters led by George Clooney to finally walk off into the sunset. Now Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) is assembling a new cast of ladies to bring the series back with a reboot/sequel built around Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock).
Ocean's Eight may follow a similar template as the previous films in the series, but that doesn't mean it can't offer the same level of fun, thrills and charm, especially when the cast includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina. Sure, the plot follows the planning of a heist at the Met Gala, but the real story is if Ocean's Eight can relaunch the series.
4 Tag (Release Date: June 15)
Few moviegoing experiences are as much fun as seeing a really hilarious comedy in a theater surrounded by hundreds of other eager audience members. So it stands to reason that Tag has a real opportunity to become a monster hit. The fact that this outlandish tale is apparently "based on a true story" only adds to the broad appeal.
The film — directed by Jeff Tomsic — stars a wide variety of established stars, including Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress and Rashida. That cast alone will draw a lot of moviegoers, but the fact that Tag centers on a long-running, cross-country edition of the titular game is a concept just ridiculous enough to be filled with belly laughs.
Watch: The latest trailer for Tag
3 Hereditary (Release Date: June 8)
On the festival circuit after its Sundance debut, Hereditary made a significant impact, with attendees and critics alike praising Ari Aster's chilling feature debut. Now its wide release is finally upon us, and audiences who have been digging the trailer for months will at last have the chance to see what all the fuss is about and whether Aster's release truly is one of the year's best horror films.
Toni Collette stars as a woman whose family life descends into madness following the death of her mother. The true nature of the mystery behind her family and how it affects those closest to her has been wisely the focal point of the marketing campaign for Hereditary. Moviegoers curious to discover what's truly at stake will have little choice but to see the film for themselves (and likely walk out of the theater still in shock).
2 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Release Date: June 22)
Three years ago, Jurassic World was part of a trio of films — with Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — that successfully reintroduced nostalgic properties to a new generation. While not as praised as the original Jurassic Park, the film did manage to reinvigorate the series after a decade-plus gap between installments. Now Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hopes to keep that momentum going strong.
This time, director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) has the keys to the dino-infested kingdom, as Chris Pratt's Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire gets roped into a rescue mission to save the remaining creatures from facing extinction all over again. Of course, this seemingly straightforward task becomes complicated by a larger conspiracy that threatens to create even more chaos than ever before.
1 The Incredibles 2 (Release Date: June 15)
In the 14 years since Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and the gang made their big-screen debut, Pixar Animation Studios has delivered a third Toy Story, a Monsters Inc. prequel, a Finding Nemo sequel and a grand total of three Cars films. Now the minds between some of the most beloved animated films of all time is finally delivering the one sequel fans have been clamoring for: The Incredibles 2.
The film picks up immediately after the events of the first, following the continuing adventures of a family of Supers. Writer/director Brad Bird returns alongside the entire principal cast, and this second entry features something of a role reversal, with Elastigirl fighting crime while Mr. Incredible raises the children. Could The Incredibles 2 actually be a worthy follow-up to one of Pixar's best films?